Ansett declines Flight West routes

Ansett Australia announced with regret, and after detailed consideration of the Queensland Government's invitation to operate services on four out of eight licensed Western Queensland routes, the airline had declined the offer.

Vice President, of Ansett's Regional Airlines Australia Division Mr Ron Rosalky said: “Ansett's original tender had proposed a total network solution to reinstate the former Flight West network into the eight licensed Western Queensland routes. Our belief was that a total network solution would offer a single carrier ability to maintain an integrated service that shares aircraft operating costs while supporting the most marginal routes. “Unfortunately we find the proposition is not commercially sustainable for Ansett.

“Ansett has worked hard to reinstate flights across regional Queensland in the wake of the unexpected collapse of Flight West Airlines utilising Flight West aircraft and reinstating 140 former Flight West staff.

“We will continue to operate services commenced last week on unlicensed routes to Bamaga, Brisbane, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Townsville, Weipa, Alice Springs, Darwin and Gove as well to the Pasminco Century Zinc and WMC Phosphate Hill mines.”

The following routes were offered to Ansett:

Brisbane – Charleville – Quilpie – Windorah – Birdsville – Bedourie – Boulia – Mt Isa (and vice versa)
Townsville – Winton – Longreach
Townsville – Hughenden – Richmond – Julia Creek – Cloncurry – Mt. Isa